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  • Anthony

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    April 12, 2024 at 7:48 pm
    2200 BogiPoints

    Hey everyone,

    I’m Anthony Shea. I’m currently a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force reserves. I did a four year enlistment active duty from 18-22 as intelligence analyst and my first assignment was Korea and my second assignment was England. I got into the Air Force academy prep school and then the Air Force Academy. I was kicked out six days before graduation. I had a pilot slot, orders, and class start date at Columbus. I was rated as commission able when I was kicked out so I could still commission through OTS. I had to do a mandatory two year active duty enlistment and they made me go back to being an intelligence analyst. After I finished that I joined the reserves as an IMA so I could finish my degree (while I had all of the academic requirements completed at the academy, I didn’t get the degree, but at least all of the credits for all 8 semesters transferred to CSU). Now I work as a Data Scientist as a civilian and a reservist part time. I still want to fly, if possible. I’d like to commission in the guard or reserves and fly part time in any way I can. My major is Physics with a minor in Math.

  • daniel-foley

    Member
    April 12, 2024 at 8:40 pm
    2850 BogiPoints

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Dan, and I’ve wanted to be a pilot for a long time, but I got distracted and gave up on my dream in college. Two years ago, my wife was getting ready to go to Air Force OTS as a dentist, so I started researching OTS out of curiosity. It hit me that commissioning into the Air Force and flying is actually an option for me still; it’s not too late!

    I am currently 27 years old, have a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a pretty good GPA, and am finishing up my MS in Aerospace Engineering with a GPA still above 3.0. I don’t have much flight experience, just 9 hours. The real kicker is that I am living in Misawa, Japan with my wife, as she is active duty here. It’s tough to find any aviation-related engineering jobs here, and even tougher to find a way to fly, but I’m not going to let that stop me.

    At the moment, I’m working on getting a job working on the F-35 simulator here. I am finishing my master’s, and going straight into studying for the PPL written test (after a quick trip to Hawaii to celebrate and see some family). Yokota Air Base in Tokyo has an Aero Club where I can take FAA knowledge tests and get connected with an FAA AME here in Japan. My current plan is to take two weeks in the States to stay with my parents and hit the flying hard while I’m there, like double turns for five days a week if possible. I likely won’t be able to finish my PPL this way, but I can get close and just cap it off at Yokota. After the PPL written is done I will move into studying for the AFOQT and TBAS. I can take the AFOQT here and the TBAS at Yokota. Finally, I am about to get involved with the Misawa Civil Air Patrol squadron to spend some time teaching kids about aerospace and engineering. Even if I don’t get picked up, it’s a great use of my time to try to help some kids.

    My ultimate goal would be to fly with the FLANG 159th Fighter Squadron in Jacksonville. I’ve been surrounded by F-35s at Eglin and Misawa (the JASDF flies them here) and it’s an absolutely incredible jet. @SLAP your episode of The Afterburn Podcast was very informative, especially the part about the alert mission. I’ve still got a few attempts to apply to fighter squadrons in the Guard and Reserve before I get too old, and if I’m not successful at those then I’ll open my scope up to heavy units and active duty. Strive for perfection, and achieve excellence!

    Excited to be here! Looking forward to the hard work it’s gonna take to go down this path. Time to get after it!

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 9:25 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Hey Dan! How do you like living at Misawa? Best of luck on your journey!

      • daniel-foley

        Member
        June 18, 2024 at 12:22 am
        2850 BogiPoints

        Hey CJ! Misawa is amazing so far. It is a small town, but I’m a small town kind of guy. It can feel a bit isolated at times, but there’s tons of outdoor stuff to do (hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, kayaking, surfing etc.). Most of all, I feel extremely lucky to take trips that are sometimes one-in-a-lifetime for lots of people but are just weekend trips for us.

        • C.J.

          Member
          June 20, 2024 at 1:36 pm
          25305 BogiPoints

          Sounds like a fantastic place! How are the powder days? I’m on the East Coast and we mostly get slush 🤣

        • Tutor-Gunboss

          Member
          June 20, 2024 at 4:47 pm
          4580 BogiPoints

          Sadly, my skiing days are long past. I last skied in 2006. I tore my left ACL in 2009, and just had a left leg Tibia-Fibula fracture in January of 2024. I’m even selling my beloved Honda Shadow 1100 this summer. Don’t trust my left leg to support that big of a bike anymore. I did grow up skiing in some of that slushy snow in Iowa and Minnesota. Utah truly does have the greatest snow on earth!

        • C.J.

          Member
          June 20, 2024 at 6:43 pm
          25305 BogiPoints

          I’m very sorry to hear that, best wishes in your long term recovery! Bouncing back from massive leg injuries is no fun and not easy. Have you found any hobbies that help to “replace” skiing and riding motorcycle?

        • Tutor-Gunboss

          Member
          June 20, 2024 at 11:40 pm
          4580 BogiPoints

          I play some on-line computer games with my adult children quite often. And tutor a lot! Not really a hobby, but I love it.

        • daniel-foley

          Member
          June 24, 2024 at 2:34 am
          2850 BogiPoints

          Amazing powder days! They call it “JaPOW” over here. I’ve been a few times in North Carolina and early season Colorado and the powder here is superior so far. We didn’t even have a ton of snow this winter so I’m hoping next year we get even more.

        • C.J.

          Member
          June 24, 2024 at 9:10 am
          25305 BogiPoints

          Low snow winters ae no fun, 22-23 was mostly rain over here, we had some real snow this past winter to make up for it. Noting kills winter fun like January rain.

  • Randy_N

    Member
    April 16, 2024 at 11:16 pm
    4470 BogiPoints

    Hello everybody,

    My name is Randy I am 30 and currently working as a security guard in the Seattle Area. I graduated from University of Washington with a Physics degree, class of 2020. I am working on completing my Private Pilot’s License and have about 15 hours of flight time. Hopefully, sometime in the nearby future I want to apply for a pilot slot for the Air National Guard.

    I don’t have a cliché story on how I wanted to be pilot. I share the same passion for Aviation with many on Bogidope. I don’t want to self-eliminate myself, but I know I have a snowball’s chance in hell in succeeding. Just like everybody else here, I just want to roll the dice and see how far I can go. No harm in trying, right?

    I wouldn’t mind serving in other capacities in support of our warfighters, if anybody has information on becoming an officer in the Air National Guard. Please send it my way! To those who will succeed in becoming a pilot, Congratulations!

    -Randy N.

  • Pantera

    Member
    April 18, 2024 at 8:51 pm
    330 BogiPoints

    Hi everyone!! New to BogiDope, but the community here looks to be filled with top notch aviators. I am 21 right now, with about one year of community college classes to go, majoring in electrical engineering.

    I am looking to enlist in an ANG fighter wing this summer as a crew chief, but I am aware that when the time comes to commission guard pilot slots are highly competitive, and guys coming off of active duty looking for those slots will have a leg up. Is it feasible to do AFROTC once I transfer to a 4-year college, while simultaneously being part time in the guard? I know that ROTC has more pilot slots and I would like to go active duty once I reach that point, so it is quite appealing. Would that workload be manageable? The plan would be to get a DD368 when I am able to commission through ROTC, but I am also aware that would require a cooperative commander. I will also need to get my PPL and rack up hours in this timeframe, which further adds onto my workload. I would likely stick strictly to the ROTC path and skip the guard, but I need the money to cover rent/expenses, and the experience gained with the guard and face time with the pilots is too appealing to pass up. Do any of you more experienced aviators have advice for me in this position? Any input is highly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    -Pantera

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 10:01 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Best of Luck, Pantera, love the callsign! Enginering courses are no joke, keep up the hard work!

  • Husky

    Member
    April 19, 2024 at 7:10 am
    5500 BogiPoints

    Hey Brother, love the energy here.

    – ROTC is a great way to earn a UPT slot. You’ll fly on active duty until you complete your ten-year service commitment and then you can switch from active duty to the guard.

    – Enlisting in a guard unit and then competing for a UPT slot can work out, but in practice, it might not be as direct as you think. Most units have several folks interested in flying and often this means you’ll need to ‘wait your turn’ as a new guy.

    – Since it sounds like you’re almost done with your degree, consider getting an OTS pilot contract.

    – And of course, you could start applying directly to guard units.

    That’s a lot of data, but there’s tons of resources here to help. Check out the webinars pinned above. I posted about this topic “differnts pathways” in the USAF a few days ago – have a look at that. And there are great academics available on the site as well. Lots of good knowledge.

    Cheers!

    Husky

  • thomas99

    Member
    April 19, 2024 at 9:16 am
    485 BogiPoints

    Good Morning! My name is Thomas and I have been in the Air National Guard for almost 6 years as an Intel Analyst. Last year, March 2023, I was selected for a pilot slot at the 163FS. I am reaching out to anyone who is currently in the process of applying to Fighter Squadrons and have questions about any part of the process or want to know more about my personal experience so far.

    As a brief background, I have my PPL with a little over 100 hours and some aerobatic time as well. Next week I’ll be leaving for OTS/TFOT and I’m excited to take the next step in being a part of the next generation of military aviators.

    I am looking forward to talking with ya’ll and wish the best in everyones future endeavors!

    • daniel-foley

      Member
      April 23, 2024 at 12:38 am
      2850 BogiPoints

      Hello Thomas –

      Congratulations on getting picked up! I would love to hear more about your experience so far, especially about how you got in contact with the 163FS and your experiences visiting/rushing. Also, do you feel that the aerobatic time helped you, both personally and for your application? It’s one of the things I am looking at doing myself.

      Thanks and congratulations again!

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 9:22 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Congratulations, that’s awesome man!

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  • thomas-edwards

    Member
    April 29, 2024 at 9:20 pm
    1485 BogiPoints

    Greetings Bogidope community! I’m Thomas Edwards, a recent Construction Mgt graduate from Arizona State. I’ve grown up around aviation my entire life with both my parents flying for commercial airlines since before I was born. I earned my PPL in 2020 and currently have over 100 hours TT in addition to being a tailwheel and aerobatics pilot. Going into college in 2020, my career goal was undoubtedly to become a military aviator. During the last few years, I’ve done multiple internships with one of the nation’s top general contractors and signed on full time with them August 2023, effectively getting “tunnel vision” about an extremely financially rewarding career in construction management, drawing me away from aviation. This last December I graduated Co-Valedictorian of my graduating class, and was fortunate enough to take a short break before beginning my full time career in construction management. During that break, I did a full aerobatics course, reintroducing myself to flying and truly opening my eyes to where my true passion and future lies. I then moved to San Diego, project managing a ~$400 million new higher education construction project in La Jolla, CA. Rather quickly, I realized that the construction path, as a career, isn’t what I had originally wanted to do. While it all made perfect sense on paper, it wasn’t what really ignited my flame and passion for life. I thought that at 22 years of age, with aviation experience and nothing holding me back, I should go chase my dreams instead of settling for a steady life in corporate America. Here I am now, coming full circle and pointing my sights again towards military aviation. I’m currently wrapping up my completed application for ANG units while also returning to part 61 flight school to chase a career in aviation regardless of success with Guard units. I’ll begin rushing units asap and I look forward to connecting with everyone on here in the future.

    All the best,

    Thomas

  • RXW

    Member
    April 30, 2024 at 5:05 pm
    1565 BogiPoints

    Hey everyone,

    My name is Rex, I am an active duty air traffic controller within the Air Force. I am aggressively pursuing a commission into the ANG as a pilot or CSO. I am an Oklahoma native and it would be my dream to be able to return to Oklahoma and fly for the guard. BogiDope has been an amazing resource in helping me during this journey. I plan to submit my first application in the near future. I look forward to getting to interact with you all along this journey and learn as much as I can along the way.

    V/r,

    Rex

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 9:16 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Rex, looks like they are hiring for the OA-1k Sky Warden in Oklahoma for both Pilot and CSO! Your background in ATC is a fantastic leg up on comms. It took me a while to get the hang of talking to the tower. Best of luck!

  • TEXAStooTALL

    Member
    May 3, 2024 at 2:48 pm
    8155 BogiPoints

    Hello all,

    My name’s Mark, I am currently about to reach the four-year mark as an active-duty Army Officer. I come from the Armor world, working with tanks and other tracked vehicles, but I regained a childhood interest in military aviation as I started reaching the critical point of deciding on either a career in the Army or moving on.

    I decided to pursue the possibility of flying and I recently submitted three application packets to three different fighter squadrons. I’m waiting on feedback now, hoping for the best. Worst-case scenario, I’ll continue pursuing the route with other squadrons that have positions open up.

    My biggest question right now is the process of transitioning from active-duty Army to Air Force Reserve or National Guard. I haven’t gotten a lot of clarity from my chain of command or Army HRC, which I’m continuing to press for. I’m not sure if there is a direct inter-service transfer route, or if it is more along the lines of a release from active duty and recommissioning as an Air Force officer. Are there any readers out there who may have gone through this process?

    Let me know through reply or DM. Much appreciated.

  • douglas-denny

    Member
    May 4, 2024 at 2:10 pm
    2195 BogiPoints

    Hey! Douglas Denny here. I’m looking to learn everything I need to know about getting fighter slots coming from a civilian position.

    I’m 23 years old with 1800 civilian hours including 365 single pilot turbine. Just had my first daughter and want to chase my dream harder than ever. If anybody has any advice or wants to chat I’m interested! I’m willing to relocate anywhere halfway decent with my family. Right now I’m living in Kenai Alaska.

    • GROM

      Member
      May 11, 2024 at 10:54 am
      1575 BogiPoints

      Hey Douglas,

      Congratulations on the daughter!

      When it comes to getting a fighter slot, a lot comes down to whether you want to go guard/reserve or active duty. Active duty will be more class rank and what’s available at the time you get through UPT. If you can get hired by a guard/reserve unit your chances will be better as they are sponsoring you through pilot training. Obviously nothing is guaranteed, you can get anywhere along the process and lose your slot, I say that just to manage expectations.

      Once you figure out which route you want to take you’ll have to start prepping for the different tests that are required regardless of which route you take.

      Good luck!

      GROM

      • douglas-denny

        Member
        May 12, 2024 at 11:30 am
        2195 BogiPoints

        Thank you for the reply! I’ve decided that I’m going to reach for Gaurd squadrons. So far I have applications in for the 157th, 175th, and 303rd (Angels too cause I love rotorcraft). At this point I’m just dropping apps in every direction. I think in the past I was way too picky. Now I know enough about civilian flying to know how much I need to go for this! I’m gonna see where the fighter and helo applications go then I’ll start applying for C-130/cargo/refuel operations. Though my true goal is flying fighters, I gotta try to fly something right 😆

        • freestateflyer

          Member
          May 12, 2024 at 12:55 pm
          185 BogiPoints

          If you’re going fighter, you really gotta rush the units, show up every drill, bring a bottle of good liquor each time, etc.

          I don’t know how many applicants fighter squadrons get, but I imagine it’s a lot, and VERY competitive. I’m in a heavy squadron, and once we advertised on BogiDope/other websites we got probably 200+ packets, and only 15-20 make the cut for an interview.

          You’d make the cut for an interview for sure with those hours, but it helps being around and meeting people. Grab a drink with the homies.

          Alaska also has a good KC135 squadron that stays busy being attached to PACAF, so plenty of chance to get some hours to upgrade. I imagine they have a good connection to Alaskan Airlines. Same with the C17 bubbas up there.

        • douglas-denny

          Member
          May 13, 2024 at 3:57 pm
          2195 BogiPoints

          I’m gonna do everything I can. My life has been a series of ups and downs chasing a dream of flying fast and low. I’ve noticed that the two fighter squadrons open for UPT applicants closed their rushing opportunities and only take digital applications right now. If you know something I don’t I’m open to advice. I don’t have the money for plane tickets to South Dakota or South Carolina right now. But once I do, I’d be more than happy to show up and meet everybody. Moneys always the issue

    • sarah

      Member
      May 20, 2024 at 12:40 pm
      480 BogiPoints

      Hey Douglas, best of luck with your applications. I had a pretty similar background when applying and ended up with a fighter slot. If you’re in Kenai, open to rotary, and money/traveling is an issue, have you reached out to the ANG Rescue Helos at JBER? They have an incredible mission up there in AK and will be much more accessible than any Lower 48 squadrons

  • Beav

    Member
    May 7, 2024 at 12:33 pm
    6105 BogiPoints

    I am Beav Klawitter, a new rep for you here at BogiDope.com.

    i served on AD as an F-15E WSO (now called CSO).

    For those out there looking at age waivers, I entered at age 27 and needed to get an age waiver to apply for UPT.

    At the time,’it took a 3 stars’ signature to get the piece of paper off of the base.

    I ended up getting the age waiver after about four months of fighting for it. It’s a different process now (easier) but if you need coaching/motivation to never quit…I can offer that IT CAN HAPPEN!

    -Beav

    • CHAOS

      Member
      May 19, 2024 at 11:42 pm
      7640 BogiPoints

      Welcome Beav!

      Thanks for sharing your story on age waivers. Age is definitely a hot topic in the community, and your first-hand experience will bring a ton to the fight as a BD coach!

      Cheers!

      -CHAOS

  • JP_Skull_Gramig

    Member
    May 9, 2024 at 7:19 pm
    2830 BogiPoints

    Whats up everyone. Names JP and I’m currently a US Army Special Forces officer that’s looking for the next thrill but instead of trekking through the jungles of South America I’m looking to get after it in a cockpit. I’ve always been jealous of the pilots that have been dropping ordnance for me in the past and now I want to be that guy in the cockpit. I’m pushing it when it comes to the maximum age requirement but I’m motivated to get after it and hopefully get accepted into a fighter squadron before I turn 33 (currently 31). Got the AFOQT coming up which has been a struggle trying to relearn all the math and science I forgot about from high school but we should be alright haha. Good luck to you all!

    • CHAOS

      Member
      May 19, 2024 at 11:40 pm
      7640 BogiPoints

      John,

      Thanks for your service and welcome to the community! As tedious as the tests may be, do your best to really knock those out of the park. Being competitive for a Guard/Reserve fighter slot in today’s environment usually comes with having scores in the 90s.

      Good luck going forward!


      -CHAOS

    • Tutor-Gunboss

      Member
      June 20, 2024 at 11:44 pm
      4580 BogiPoints

      JP! Get on my tutoring schedule. I have lots of great tips and tricks to do well on the AFOQT. It’s summertime, so I have more open spots than in the fall and spring.

      -Gunboss

      • Rob

        Member
        June 25, 2024 at 9:57 pm
        695 BogiPoints

        Hey Sir, I’d love to get on your schedule for tutoring. What’s the best way to connect with you and get to work?

  • Rachel

    Member
    May 10, 2024 at 7:49 am
    815 BogiPoints

    Hello all! My name is Rachel and I’m a CW2 Apache pilot in the Army. Being a pilot was a dream I’d had for my whole life and I am very proud to have accomplished that in the Army! I now would love to take what I know and transition to the Air Force in a couple years when my commitment is complete with the Army. I will be 32 at that point and hopefully nearing 800-1000 hours. If anyone has any suggestions or tips to make my dream a reality I would be so appreciative of it! Or if anyone has any questions about the Apache or Army Aviation, I definitely don’t mind answering! Thanks yall!

    • Cali

      Member
      May 10, 2024 at 2:48 pm
      2195 BogiPoints

      Hello Rachel!

      Looks like you had a good career so far; Air Force is a good gig (I know that from personal experience) and I think you’ll enjoy it. Good luck, and I don’t think you’ll have much trouble with a waiver!

      -Cali

    • Khaleesa

      Member
      May 12, 2024 at 3:58 pm
      560 BogiPoints

      Hi Rachel, Nice to meet you! How exciting!

      How has your journey been as an Army pilot?

      I’ve been looking into the Army Street to Seat program as well as the Air Guard/Reserve route.

      All the best to you on this journey!

      • Rachel

        Member
        May 14, 2024 at 8:09 am
        815 BogiPoints

        Hello!! The Army Street to Seat is a great program as the acceptance into it is a bit easier vs the Air Force. Army Aviation is busy these days, training has really increased the past year. Also the Army does have fixed wing options and those guys/gals live a very very good life. Being a warrant is very chill as your one primary duty is flying whereas regular line officers have a lot more admin and management responsibilities. Let me know if you have any more questions!

    • CHAOS

      Member
      May 19, 2024 at 11:37 pm
      7640 BogiPoints

      Rachel,

      Thanks for sharing your story! I’ve worked with a few Army Helo Drivers looking to transition to fixed wing in the Guard/ Reserves. I recommend starting to rush squadrons ASAP. Using the time you have available while still under contract with the Army to build a relationship with some guard units will be crucial when the time comes for applying to UPT boards.

      I hope this helps!

      Cheers.

      -CHAOS

  • Ryan

    Member
    May 10, 2024 at 12:57 pm
    2380 BogiPoints

    Hey Everyone!

    My name is Ryan Morrissey, I am a 17-year-old Private Pilot with an IFR rating living in Orange County, California. I have about 350 hours and plan on taking my Commercial Single\Multi when I turn 18 next month, in June. It has been a goal of mine to fly C-17s in the guard\reserve for a couple of years now. I plan on applying and Lordwilling flying for the 729th Airlift Squadron, but at the end of the day, I will fly for any unit willing to get me through UPT. I plan to graduate college next summer with a bachelor’s in Aviation Sciences-Professional Pilot, at 19. The only hurdle that I need to start preparing for is taking my AFOQT, I plan to take it sometime this summer or the fall. I joined Bogidope to make myself a more competitive applicant, so thank you to everyone in the community for being so awesome and willing to help!

    God Bless you all,

    Ryan Morrissey

    • Sharky

      Member
      May 13, 2024 at 4:20 pm
      2185 BogiPoints

      Hi Ryan, great background, best of luck on your upcoming checkrides! C-17s are an awesome choice being a SoCal native. Do you have any contacts at the unit? Never too early to start getting your name out there! Please let me know if you have any specific C-17 questions! Best of luck!

      • Ryan

        Member
        May 14, 2024 at 7:55 pm
        2380 BogiPoints

        Hey Sharky,

        Thanks for the response! I have multiple pilot contacts at the unit, currently, I am visiting the 729th once a month usually during their UTA’s. I 100% agree with you on never being too early to get my name out there, I plan on visiting monthly until I become eligible for a UPT board.

    • Tutor-Gunboss

      Member
      June 20, 2024 at 11:46 pm
      4580 BogiPoints

      Ryan! Get on my tutoring schedule. I can definitely help you get an even better score on the AFOQT which with your background you should do well on. It’s summertime, so my schedule is much more open than in the fall and spring.

      • Ryan

        Member
        June 22, 2024 at 3:15 pm
        2380 BogiPoints

        sounds good to me! I will be in contact.

  • C.Whitaker

    Member
    May 10, 2024 at 1:42 pm
    2430 BogiPoints

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Cole Whitaker, I am 18 years old. Currently, I am a First-year Freshman at the University of Central Florida. I began my PPL in January 2024. I am interested in learning and improving my knowledge of the Guard/Reserve, and to make myself as prepared as possible for when I’m ready to start applying. For now, one of my goals this year are to study and take the AFOQT. I plan on using all the resources I can to increase my readiness for these upcoming tests. I am eager to gain insights and connect with individuals who share similar experiences or are on a similar journey as mine.

    All the best,

    -Cole Whitaker

    • Sharky

      Member
      May 13, 2024 at 4:21 pm
      2185 BogiPoints

      Hi Cole! You’ve certainly come to the right place! There are a ton of AFOQT prep resources here. All the best to you!

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 9:13 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Hey Cole, check out the Test Prep section over in the video library! You got this!

  • VEGAS

    Member
    May 20, 2024 at 10:49 am
    210 BogiPoints

    Greetings Bogi Dopers,

    I’m Steven “VEGAS” Schneck. I spent the last 12 years as a Naval Aviator, flying the MH-60S.

    Having gone through the OCS Board selection process to gain my Pilot slot and then a few competitively selected programs after that, I’m excited to share my insight with everyone on board.

    I’m transitioning (as best I can) to the world of civilian aviation now, and maybe even finding myself of ANG/AFR gig to keep wearing a green suit.

    Happy to answer any questions you might have about boards, prepping for evaluations, LORs, etc.

    V/r,

    VEGAS

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 20, 2024 at 11:01 am
      25305 BogiPoints

      Welcome VEGAS!

  • Gus

    Member
    May 20, 2024 at 7:22 pm
    930 BogiPoints

    Hey y’all, my name is Gus I am 23 years old and a 1000 hour flight instructor and contract pilot. I am a senior in college with a goal of flying in the military. I have a back issue that is waiverable and I’m trying to figure my odds of getting a waiver and a pilot slot through the guard, Ideally a fighter slot. Any info would be appreciated, I wish everyone well on their military aviation dreams.

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 20, 2024 at 7:41 pm
      25305 BogiPoints

      Welcome Gus!

  • Rocky_1

    Member
    May 22, 2024 at 1:45 pm
    1180 BogiPoints

    What’s going on everyone? I’m Bryce (callsign Rocky), and I am currently an active duty Army pilot looking to make the transition over to flying for the Air Force. I’m a Warrant Officer, flying as an IP in the Global 6500 in Texas. I’m open to any avenue to UPT including AD, ANG, and USAFR however, ideally I would like to go one of the part-time routes though. I am wrapping up my B.S. in Aeronautical Science with a 3.8 GPA and I am looking to take the AFOQT and TBAS in June. Any tips and experiences you all have would be much appreciated, and if anyone has any questions about flying for the Army please shoot them my way!

    -Rocky

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 22, 2024 at 2:02 pm
      25305 BogiPoints

      Welcome Rocky! Congratulations on graduating, fantastic job! Getting a 3.8 GPA takes a ton of hard work!

      • Rocky_1

        Member
        May 22, 2024 at 5:24 pm
        1180 BogiPoints

        Thanks! I am glad that it is over haha.

        • C.J.

          Member
          May 24, 2024 at 3:04 pm
          25305 BogiPoints

          I just wrapped up my undergrad after taking a two year hiatus (ran out of $), VERY glad to be done!

  • Wardroid

    Member
    May 31, 2024 at 1:08 pm
    4120 BogiPoints

    Hello everyone, my name is Andrew Vanderwilt, I’m a Marine Corp Veteran who is motivated to fly for the Airforce or army in whichever way I can, I’m honored to have been able to serve this nation before and I’m hopefully looking forward to serving again, thank you all for your service and its humbling to be in a community of likeminded aviators.

    • C.J.

      Member
      May 31, 2024 at 2:29 pm
      25305 BogiPoints

      Welcome Wardroid!

  • Dadams09

    Member
    June 3, 2024 at 10:10 pm
    2850 BogiPoints

    Hey everyone!

    My name is Devin Adams and currently on the hunt to get into a unit. I was born in Oklahoma, though I’ve bounced around quite a bit with an Air Force father and grew up predominantly in Pensacola, FL and Anchorage, AL around the Air Force. Enlisted into the Army (despite my father’s best efforts haha) out of high school and went into the 82nd as a Paratrooper. Got out in 2019 and spent some time in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist.

    Bounced around for a bit, not knowing what I really wanted to do, and started off school going for a double major in history and archaeology. Inevitably deciding I’d actually like to make money and provide for a family, I learned Utah State had a sizable aviation program and hopped over to that and never looked back. I began in the fixed wing program and earned my private license while dual majored in Aviation Management and Aviation Technology with a minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

    When Ukraine kicked off, everything in my being called out to go help; and so I did: ending up as a medical volunteer. Going over with some friends who were all combat medics, flight paramedics, and Wildland Search and Rescue, I fell in love with that culture and purpose. Upon coming home, I switched over to the rotary wing side with the hope of maybe getting into the search and rescue role one day.

    Now that I’m a year out from graduation, I’ve built up that desire to get back in and serve, pursuing my childhood dream of being a fighter pilot. I realized I just love flying, and got curious about the test pilot career track. Though, for now, just getting to a fighter unit is all I’ve dreamed about. The opportunity to help those dudes on the ground is just gnawing at me after both being that infantryman, and seeing what hell they go through directly.

    To round out that self-aggrandizing story, I’m overall just a water bum with my Master Scuba Diver certification with my search and rescue/recovery rating alongside some other miscellaneous fun ones. I have a project sailboat I’ve been working on that I’ve been ripping across the lakes in Utah! Fishing, hiking, and getting into the water is where you’ll find me in my free time.

    With my senior year in full swing, I’m currently slumped being the NIFA flight team captain, helicopter representative for the schools safety committee, and secretary for our helicopter club.

    This summer I’ve began studying for the AFOQT and have been putting together a package I plan to begin sending out in the Fall. I’d like to get into a fighter unit in the Air Force Guard/Reserves; though, I’ve been toying more and more with active duty Air Force or Navy.

    To end my rambling, I’m excited to be on here with all of you dudes and hope I can pick up some tips and knowledge along the way! Thanks again!

  • Dave

    Member
    June 7, 2024 at 6:34 pm
    14830 BogiPoints

    Hello all,

    My name is David, I started flight training when I was 15 and now have over 220 hours PPL, High Performance/Complex and aerobatics time.

    I joined the ND ANG as a MQ-9 Avionics Technician and was able to complete my degree in Aeronautics with a 3.6 GPA. I failed verbal and quantitative on the AFOQT the first time I took it but was able to pass the second time (99P, 99CSO, 99ABM, 18V, 59Q, 98PCSM). I finally sent off my first Application and it is nerve racking!

    Feel free to PM me, happy to help and good luck everyone!

    • Greive

      Member
      June 11, 2024 at 9:00 am
      3670 BogiPoints

      Welcome and good luck! Any preference on what you’d like to fly?

      • Dave

        Member
        June 12, 2024 at 9:05 am
        14830 BogiPoints

        Currently going for F-16s at Sioux Falls, waiting for the phone call now 🤞

        • C.J.

          Member
          June 12, 2024 at 10:54 am
          25305 BogiPoints

          Best of luck! Hopefully that call comes sooner than later!

  • Gladiator22

    Member
    June 10, 2024 at 4:06 pm
    1990 BogiPoints

    Hello everyone! I have been enlisted for 3 years in the ANG and loved every second of it! My goal is to become an ANG or Reserve pilot in the next year. I am currently 22 years old, so I’m not worried about exceeding the age limitations for several years. My bachelor’s in science – aviation degree will be complete in October of this year, and I’m hoping to get a slot in the spring. I am a commercial pilot ASEL and AMEL and working on my CFI/I and MEI. If anyone is currently going through civilian flight school, I’d love to help with any questions. Please reach out!

    • Beav

      Member
      June 26, 2024 at 11:07 pm
      6105 BogiPoints

      Gladiator! Glad you are with us! Let us know how we can help along the way.

  • Tutor-Gunboss

    Member
    June 13, 2024 at 4:28 pm
    4580 BogiPoints

    Jeff – Tutor Gunboss here!

    I’m the expert military test tutor for BogiDope. My twenty-year Naval Officer career included an elite nuclear-powered submarine tour on USS Parche (SSN 683), numerous submarine support staff assignments, graduation from Air Command and Staff College, and three years on the Admiral’s staff on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Founder and CEO of In An Instant®, LLC, I taught college math for three years and have tutored for ten years.

    I’m the AFOQT/TBAS/OAR/ASTB/SIFT/ASVAB guru. My test-taking techniques and test-day prep methods have helped numerous men and women successfully enter the military and pilot training. My tutoring approach is based on a coaching leadership style and emphasizes continuous improvement and subject matter mastery. I’m qualified for command of submarines, a nuclear engineer, and hold a Private Pilot’s License.

    My wide range of expertise regarding military tests helps BogiDope provide the best possible preparation for your aviation testing needs. Book a session today!

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    • Tutor-Gunboss

      Member
      June 13, 2024 at 4:30 pm
      4580 BogiPoints

      I’m the old bald guy, not the pretty student. Just to set expectations…..

    • Dadams09

      Member
      June 21, 2024 at 2:43 pm
      2850 BogiPoints

      Hey sir! I’ll definitely have to hit you up about tutoring sometime! Currently planning on taking it this fall and am dragging through the math!

  • smiley

    Member
    June 21, 2024 at 2:39 pm
    610 BogiPoints

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Chance and I’m an Active Duty Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Medic at Travis AFB with the 60th AES. Qualified to fly on the C17, C130, C5, KC-135, and KC46.

    Currently in a 6 month pilot training skill-bridge opportunity in San Diego, CA working on my PPL. Then palace fronting to the Travis Air Force Reserves Loadmaster unit.

    Utilizing my Post 9/11 GI bill to complete my Bachelors in Aviation and all of my flight training all the way to CFII paid for with no debt.

    Very early in my journey but being proactive by keeping up with BogiDope!

    My mentor is Maj Gutierrez at Luke AFB who flew the F15 for 7 years and now is flying the F-35. He has set me up with this plan moving forward and I am following it to the T!

    Please reach out and let me know if there’s anything I can do to improve or prepare for this exciting journey ahead. Hope to fly with you all soon! 🤙

    • CHAOS

      Member
      July 11, 2024 at 11:02 pm
      7640 BogiPoints

      Thanks for the intoduction @smiley ! Sounds like you have a good plan. Stay the course and keep the community updated on your progress.

      Reach out if you run into any issues/ have any questions.

      -CHAOS

  • Sean

    Member
    July 12, 2024 at 10:30 pm
    585 BogiPoints

    Hey team!

    My name is Sean Lucas, I’m 25 y/o and currently an active duty O-2 Supply Corps Officer for the Navy.

    I have about a year out until my resignation. Currently stationed in Pax River, Maryland, but just got selected to go IA to Kuwait for 7 months (definitely wasn’t in the calculations lol), but won’t let that throw me off too much..

    After I separate from AD, I plan to go to a part 141 operation tied to an associates (get that R-ATP!!!) at a public university in Texas and focus on flight training using post 9/11 GI bill; simultaneously, plan to rush squadrons in Texas, Colorado and Louisiana (states definitely subject to change / open to suggestion).

    Looking forward to meeting you all and learning a ton!

    • Beav

      Member
      July 13, 2024 at 5:59 pm
      6105 BogiPoints

      Sean,
      Awesome to have you. Sounds like you have a decent plan. As far as your rushing different squadrons, you may want to expand your horizons when you get closer to the date. As you will find, once you have a good AFOQT score, and a good combined PCSM score, you may rush several units before you get an interview.

      Remember that you won’t need the R-ATP to apply to a squadron; You can use that as your backup plan if needed to go to the airlines. The max flight hours that make a difference to your entrance score, starts to taper off at around 60 flight hours (Current as of 2021).

      If you do get into the military and want to continue to the airlines the minimum to join the airlines drops to 750 hours. Military flight training will get you a Commercial License FAA equivalent so the R-ATP mins are different for those exiting the military.

      We have several coaches on here that have done that, so feel free to reach out if you have questions.

      We look forward to helping you,

      -Beav

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